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4 Republicans vying for secretary of state nomination

May. 21, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Four Republicans are vying for the nomination for Alabama secretary of state, the official responsible for overseeing state elections. Ed Packard, who worked in the secretary of state’s elections division for nearly 25 years, faces State Auditor Jim...

Court rules on mail ballots as Senate race votes are counted

May. 20, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal court ruled Friday that mail-in ballots without a required date on the return envelope must be allowed in a 2021 Pennsylvania county judge race, a decision that could complicate the ongoing process of vote counting in the state's neck-and-neck U.S. Senate...

Elko man convicted of murdering Spring Creek teen in 2020

May. 20, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — An Elko County jury has found a 20-year-old man guilty of first-degree murder and sexual assault with a deadly weapon in the death of a Spring Creek teenager two years ago. The same jury will return to district court Monday for the penalty phase after convicting...

Woman accused in dismemberment slaying competent for trial

May. 20, 2022 09:41 AM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A judge in Brown County has ruled a woman accused of killing and dismembering a man in Green Bay is competent to stand trial. The decision means Taylor Schabusiness understands the legal proceedings and can assist in her defense. The 24-year-old Green Bay...

Ex-deputy gets 18 years after detainees drown in locked van

May. 19, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A deputy in South Carolina whose police van was swept away by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, drowning two women seeking mental health treatment trapped in a cage in the back was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison. A Marion County...

Jury convicts man of killing woman, kids, suggests life term

May. 19, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A jury convicted a man Thursday of killing a woman and her three children last year in their northeastern Indiana home and recommended he serve life in prison without parole. The Allen County jury found Cohen Hancz-Barron of Fort Wayne guilty of four counts...

Judge gives Wisconsin GOP leader chance to avoid contempt

May. 19, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Thursday said the investigator hired by Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to look into the 2020 election appears to have “gone rogue” and “run amok" in refusing to comply with the state's open records law. Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie...

Wisconsin judge skeptical of election grant arguments

May. 17, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday voiced skepticism about a lawsuit challenging the legality of private grant money awarded to Madison to help run the 2020 election, calling some of the arguments “ridiculous,” a “stretch” and “close to preposterous." The lawsuit...

Execution for Georgia man who killed girl temporarily stayed

May. 17, 2022 00:22 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge on Monday temporarily delayed the execution of a Georgia man who was scheduled to die Tuesday for killing an 8-year-old girl 46 years ago. Virgil Delano Presnell Jr., 68, killed the girl and raped her 10-year-old friend after abducting them as they walked...

Egypt begins trial of man accused of killing Coptic priest

May. 14, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A court in the Egyptian city of Alexandria began the trial Saturday of a man accused of stabbing to death a Coptic Christian priest, an attack that shocked the Arab world’s most populous country. The case dates to early April when Arsanious Wadid, a 56-year-old...